Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

When someone overshares:

"This has been fascinating. You know, a journal is a great, great place for private thoughts."

Stolen from the "Lady Dynamite" series (Netflix)

Friday, June 17, 2016

the answer is bribes.

the answer is bribes. Bribery. It's about bribery and nothing else. also money. and bribes. It's that simple. lawmakers love money, and so do gun manufacturers. money is awesome, you guys!  so bribes. pretty simple. it's that simple. bribes. ask yourself why you never hear the word "bribe" in the news. bribes are legal now, so why not bribe? because bribes. a lot of that bribe money gets funneled to media outlets, so bribes. you never hear the word bribes because bribes. bribes bribes, bribes. Bribety bribe Bribey-McBribeface bribe bribe.

Bribes.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

My Unsolicited Political Opinion

Donald Trump is not the problem. True, he's terrible and unqualified, but he is not the real problem.  

The real problem: there are too many people in a "first world" industrialized nation willing to make Donald Trump the candidate for a major political party.  

It would be, in a sane world, a surprise to find five thinking adults in any county with the opinion that Mr. Trump should be POTUS, but it seems as though this is not a sane world.

This phenomenon is not unique. There are Trump-adjacent leaders "winning" in other countries: bigots, xenophobes, non-thinking showmen who feed on the worst aspects of nervous people.  

There are enough people in this nation to possibly make Donald Trump our next President.

That's the problem.  

Donald Trump is a symptom of something far more sinister.

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That said, Secretary Clinton is not the answer.

As she will probably be the only other choice on the ballot, she'll have to do, but she is not helping.

Any thinking person, even someone bitter about not having any other choice, should vote for Secretary Clinton if for no other reason than to avoid allowing Mr. Trump into the White House.  

Hillary Clinton represents the status quo: a government that only caters to influential special interests. She seems to be bribed up to her eyeballs. She has been in the system far too long; she is very comfortable with how the gears are greased with favors and money. But she'll have to do. Anything to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, right?

People in the general population feel increasingly ignored in a country run on bribery and cronyism.  
That's the problem.

That's the problem.  

Secretary Clinton, while obviously qualified, is part of the problem that makes a candidate like Mr. Trump possible.  

She represents the system that spawned Donald Trump.

Monday, May 30, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY NEWS AND NOTES

So we went to Lowe's to get some paint. They had red and blue balloons everywhere, and they were playing patriotic(?) music over the speakers.  

They played "Hail to The Chief," then "Marines' Hymn" then some other patriotic sounding march, then "The U.S. Air Force" (Off we go into the wild blue yonder). So they had these songs cued up in advance, specifically for Memorial Day, so people would buy more patio furniture maybe.  

And then, it took me awhile to place it: they played a slow instrumental version of Berlin's (the band, "Berlin") 1986 hit, "Take my Breath Away," which was featured in the movie "Top Gun." So I guess because Memorial Day? And Freedom?  

So in the spirit of patriotic-adjacent gestures to commemorate (?) Memorial Day, I bought a fish fillet sandwich at McDonald's in honor of Mr. Limpet, from the movie The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964). This is a tradition I plan on keeping. Every Memorial Day.   Because Mr. Limpet fought the sea-Nazis or something.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

the price is too high

They say that if you listen to the song "Stayin' Alive" ten times in a row, the ghost of Maurice Gibb will materialize in your kitchen and make you a sandwich. But the price is too high.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Opinions are over-rated.

Saying "It's just my opinion" is much more palatable than saying, "It's just my ignorance and bigotry." It's less awkward.

Also, people who don't understand how words work can often think "opinion" means "my despicable support for a harmful stereotype."

Some mistake the meannig of "opinion" as: "my inability to filter toxic establishment propaganda due to my lack of introspection and my compete lack of empathy." That's a mouthful.

"That's just my opinion," is much easier to say.

The "great" thing about having an opinion is that once formed {on whatever half-assed "information" it is precariously based} a person can blissfully stop thinking about an issue and close the mind, and ignore facts contradicting this wonderful "opinion."

Armed with this opinion, the person is impervious to argument, compassionate regard, or any reason. So yeah, having an "opinion" can be pretty fucked up, in my opinion.

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